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The News of

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SUN CITY CENTER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Sun City Center

May 2019

...an official publication of the Sun City Center Community Association

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE

MAY 6 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room - CA Office - 9 a.m. 8 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 9 Golf Cart Mobility Report Community Hall – 4 p.m. 21 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. JUNE 4 Hurricane Preparedness Meeting (CA Members Only – I/D required) Community Hall – 1 p.m. 10 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room – CA Office - 9 a.m. 12 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m.

NOTE: Community Leaders Meetings are not held in June, July, or August. Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on Official Bulletin Board in the Atrium the Monday before and on the CA website (www.suncitycenter.org – under “Residents” – Upcoming Meeting Agendas). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email. Every Wednesday: Orientation for new members in the Board Room in the CA office starting at 1 p.m. sharp.

CA Contact Information

Phone: 633-3500 sccboard@suncitycenter.org Website: suncitycenter.org Information Center 813-633-4670

What Could Your Neighborhood Do With a Little Extra Money?

Submitted by the SCC Charitable Foundation Sun City Center Charitable Foundation Inc. launched the Great Neighborhoods Project to make our community an even better place to live. Our active retirement community is one of the most successful and we want to continue to build on its wonderful neighborhood qualities. The goal is to have Sun City Center looking its best to celebrate its 60-year anniversary in 2021 and for decades to come. For Phase 1, the Foundation is helping SCC Property Owner Associations (POAs) and residents without POAs to apply for Hillsborough grants and other forms of grants or assistance available to refresh or enhance our neighborhoods’ common areas. The Foundation is holding one-hour workshops on Monday, May 6, and Monday, May 13, at 1 p.m. in the CA Caper Room on both days to provide an overview of this project and provide more information about County grants uses and eligibility requirements. Robert Northrop, County Hillsborough County Forester will be our guest speaker on Monday, May 6, to discuss tree and shrub types and size of plantings for a successful landscaping effort.

Garrison Beck, County Environmental Scientist in charge of Adopt-A-Pond will be a guest speaker on May 13. Other neighborhoods are having POA and neighbor meetings to develop ideas that qualify for County grant programs. Each year Hillsborough County's Office of Neighborhood Relations offers mini-grants of up to $5,000 for projects aimed at bringing neighbors together and boosting community pride. The deadline for the mini-grant application is in August. Mini-grants can be used for a wide variety of projects. For more

information, check out the Foundation’s website, charitablefoundationscc.org.

Last Great Café Event

By Kai Rambow No need to panic – “last” for a little while. A small celebration for Mother’s Day will include a variety of teas, treats, tea sandwiches and petite desserts. Bring your mom or someone you love like a mom and treat her. Cost is $15 for you and $8 for her. So, mark your calendars: Saturday, May 11 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy!

Sun City Center Photo Club Announces Winners

On Tuesday, March 12, SCC Photo Club photographers submitted images to be judged by expert, Scott Himes. Ten of our photographers received perfect scores. Digital Color: Jack Migliore, first place for “Future Owl-Lympian”; Gayle Fischer, first place for “Refraction Ref lection” and “Water Balloon Explosion.” Advanced Level: Madlyn Blom, perfect score and gold for “Cute Hairy Beast”; Barbara Klimczak, perfect score and gold for “Snacking on a Berry.” Intermediate Level: Gary Pate, silver for “Rose, Pearls, and Music”; Tom Bredesen, silver for “Who’s Your Daddy.” Unassigned Category: Charles Davanzo, perfect score for “Orange Butterfly.” Three-way tie for Silver: Len Farrell with “Lido Key Sunset,” Harold Hisken with “Lupine,” and “The Grist Mill.” and Paul Stebelton with “Tall Boys.” Monochrome Digital: Master Level, Bobbie Ray, perfect score for “Splitting the Silks” and silver for “Morning Preening.” Unassigned Level: Charles Davanzo, perfect score for “Manhattan Bridge.” Digital Creative: Masters Level, Robert Miller, perfect score for “Pastel Flowers.” Advanced Level: Madlyn Blom, perfect score for “My World is Round.” Intermediate Level: Rose

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Stack, perfect score and second place with “Ribbon Flying in the Wind” and “Boat with Buoy.” Unassigned Level: Sue McBride, silver for “Time and Tide.” Color Print Category: Advanced Level, Bruno Graziano, perfect score for “Zion Afternoon.” Barbara Klimczak, second place for “Studio Portrait.” Intermediate Level: Gary Pate, perfect score for “Purple Daisy.” Unassigned Level: Nick Fader, silver for “Good Night.” Monochrome Print: Masters Level, perfect scores for Jack Migliore, “Emergence,” and Carol Feldhauser, “Reddish Egret Pair.” Advanced Level, Bruno Graziano, perfect score for “Turner Falls.” Intermediate Level: Gary Pate, perfect score for “Rustic Cowboy Camp” and silver for “Light Up the Night.” Creative Print: Masters Level, Robert Miller, perfect score for “Painted Inca Lily” and silver for “Chrysanthemum Globe.” Advanced Level: Barbara Klimczak, perfect score for “Steampunk Bolt.” Intermediate Level, Gary Pate, for “Watercolor of Tulips.” Congratulations to all of our club winners! For more information about our club, visit www.photoclubscc.com. See more pictures at www.SOCO.news.

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Gary Pate: Rustic Cowboy Camp

Charles Davanzo: Manhattan Bridge

Barbara Klimczak: Steampunk Bolt

Gary Pate: Purple Daisy

Robert Miller: Painted Inca Lily

Robert Miller: Pastel Flowers

Jack Migliore: Future Owl-Lympian

Gayle Fischer: Refraction Reflection


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The News of Sun City Center

GOLF CART MOBILITY STUDY THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2019 COMMUNITY HALL 4:00 P.M.

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS MEETING June 4, 2019 1 p.m. Community Hall

(For CA members only – membership card required)

CA Membership Meeting

By Ilona Merritt On Wednesday, March 20, the CA held its quarterly Membership Meeting in the Community Hall. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance. Since there was no quorum at the December meeting, the October 24, 2018 minutes were approved. Certified Public Accountants, Carr, Riggs & Ingram had representatives there who stated that the audit was done as of December 31, 2018, and everything is in order, consistent from year to year. This report may be reviewed in the Library. The community Manager, Lyn Reitz, gave her report. All the residents’ dues are in. FunFest was great; we had huge attendance, and the volunteers did an excellent job. On the 4th of July, there will be breakfast available in the Community Hall. Ice cream will be given out on the main campus starting at 11 a.m. until the supply is exhausted. Karen Fredericks introduced the Seniors WrapAround Program. It is a process that can be best described as a collaborative, team-based approach to accessing services and life planning. The Seniors WrapAround program supports all seniors, aged 55+ and who have access to a few community or social supports – leaving them isolated and at higher risk of hospitalization or long-term care placement.

MOVIES

at the Rollins Theater One Showing Only at 1 p.m.

Movies are normally shown the second and fourth Monday each month in the Rollins Theater at 1 p.m. The dates and times may change as necessary. Per the Fire Code of Hillsborough County, seating capacity is limited to 145 attendees. Seating is reserved for Sun City Center Community Association members/guests who present current cards or a Kings Point ID badge.

Please note, there will only be one movie shown in May.

May 13 • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again • 1 hour, 54 minutes

S oph i e g r appl e s w it h running her mother’s villa while expecting her first child. Worrying she won’t be able to handle everything on her own, she enlists two of her mother’s friends for assurance, help and guidance. Along the way, she learns more about her mother’s past and faces a surprise visit from someone she’s never met. Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Lily James, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Cher, Andy Garcia Director: Ol Parker Genre: Comedy, Romance, Musical Rating: PG-13 for mild thematic elements

Statement of Purpose

The Sun City Center Community Association serves the residents of Sun City Center by providing assistance for the elderly, assistance and essential services to tax exempt entities, and operates in lieu of a municipal government, thereby lessening the burdens of government (Hillsborough County, Florida).

Keep up with The News when you’re away

Did you know you can read the The News of Sun City Center online? Go to the Community Association website www.suncitycenter.org and click Resources, or you can read both current and back issues of The News at www.NewsofSCC.com. The News of Sun City Center can be mailed to you while you’re gone for the summer at a cost of $3 per issue. Please stop in at the CA office to register.

CLUB/ORGANIZATION

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AMOUNT

APPLIED TO

Aquasizers $1,000 Pool Expenses Ceramics Club $300 Hardship Fund Men’s Club $200 Refreshments for Emergency Squad Health Symposium Monday Movies $194 To offset license fees Softball Club $2,500 Their share of maintenance of the Softball Field Tennis Association $10,000 Their share of maintenance of the Tennis Courts Grant from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (the Durward & Janet Siville Fund) $6,774 SCC Library FUNFEST DONATIONS CLUB/ORGANIZATION AMOUNT CLUB/ORGANIZATION AMOUNT Art Club $83 Polish Heritage Club $137 Aquasizers $80 Potters Wheel Club $105 Cat Lovers Club $40 Sawdust Engineers $131 Ceramics Club $100 Sew ‘n’ Sews $225 Creative Writers Club $3 Shellcrafters $118 Horseshoe Pitchers Club $130 Shuffleboard Club $200 Lawn Bowling Club $213 Stained Glass Club $75 Needlecrafters Club $92 Woman’s Chorus $41

Newcomers

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SCCCA Welcomes “Gene Cannon” for Gazebo Concert

President’s Report By Sam Sudman, CA President A town hall meeting was held on April 24 to discuss the sale of the United Church of Christ. The membership was advised that the church had not accepted the CA’s offer by the deadline to purchase the property. Both parties continue to communicate. Details cannot be shared lest they jeopardize a final outcome, but please know that we are representing the members fiduciarily. Completion of the N. Pebble Beach crossing area opposite the CA offices has suffered a setback. The contractor for a specific phase has quit. There will be a slight delay until a replacement can be approved. There will be a Town Hall Meeting on May 9 at 4 p.m. in Community Hall for the next Golf Cart Mobility report. There will be a Hurricane Preparedness Meeting for CA members only on June 4 at 1 p.m. at Community Hall. You will need your CA membership card. Activity on the North Lakes Golf Course is that of Toro. Their lease with Club Link enables them to test new grass-cutting equipment. They have assumed maintenance of the golf course. Reclaimed water was hooked up for specific irrigation of grass varieties. The 301 Project has stalled: Astaldi Construction has defaulted. Working on transitioning. Still on target for 2020 completion. After dark and before light golf cart driving is alive and well, as is driving a golf cart on a pedestrian sidewalk and crossing 674 in a pedestrian crosswalk. The other evening, I observed a golf cart at 8:30 p.m., eastbound, on the path on the south side of 674 between S. Pebble Beach and Stoneham. Others report sightings at the Fitness Center in the evening (before daylight savings) and before dawn. We know that serious accidents occur between golf carts and much larger vehicles, occasionally resulting in death. If the County decides to end our golf cart privilege, we have gone too far. Those who have worked hard to establish good relationships with County staff will have little influence on preventing the loss of a privilege. Improvement often is accompanied by inconvenience and frustration. We live in a 60-year-old community where the roads may not be without dips and holes and the storm water pipes may be deteriorating. Repairs are made as quickly as possible, given that we are in a county-wide queue for funding. Please be patient and tolerant.

Gene Cannon will kick off the summer Gazebo Concert Series in Sun City Center on May 22 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Gene is a wellknown musician in the area who sings, as well as plays sax, flute, and guitar. His repertoire includes R&B, standards, pop, jazz, and more. The summer gazebo concert series has grown in popularity. The events were moved to evenings last year to take advantage of cooler temps, while still giving residents enough time to get home on golf carts before the sun sets. Hundreds enjoy the entertainment from lawn chairs or golf carts. It’s an enjoyable way to spend a summer evening. SCCCA gazebo concerts are sponsored by the Community Association, they are free, and open to SCCCA members. The gazebo is located on Cherry Hills Drive.

Important News for

ENTERTAINMENT SERIES Season Ticket Holders See the Entertainment Corner on page 12 of the second section.

SCCCA Creates Official Facebook Page Are you on Facebook? The SCC Community Association now has an official Facebook page. It is “SCC Community Association”. The intent of this page is to disseminate information to SCCCA members regarding events, activities and pertinent information in our community. The purpose is to keep residents informed, rather than discuss topics. The site will be managed by members of the SCCCA Board of Directors, as well as several employees of the CA. “LIKE” the page to start getting these informative posts.

Board Discusses Properties and Roads

By Diane M. Loeffler The primary topics at the April 10 Board meeting were the church property, North Golf Course, Route 301 road work and Route 674 road work. Community Association (CA) President Sam Sudman thanked the CA’s Maintenance staff for recording the meetings. To view these recordings, go to the CA website, suncitycenter.org. Toro continues to test their equipment on the North Course property. They are also bringing in local reclaimed water for all irrigation. One person who lives along this golf course property says, “The North Course has never looked so good as it has since it was shut down.” All area residents are reminded that North Course is private property. Other than Toro employees, no one is to walk, bicycle, drive carts, or to be on the land in any manner. There are safety and liability issues. Our sixty-year-old community is receiving some much-needed repairs to its infrastructure including work being done on West Del Webb. Although everyone will be able to get to his or her home, we can expect some rerouting during the process. Sudman says, “Be patient and tolerant” during this time.

Construction on US-301 is stalled because a contractor defaulted. Sudman says, “The county says they are still on line to finish by the end of 2020.” Road work on SR-674 will begin once the utility work is completed. Community Manager Lyn Reitz informed us that Mary Jane Blakley recently passed away. Although you may not recognize the name, if you are a patron of our Sun City Center Library, you have met her. She has volunteered there for 27 years. Mark Your Calendars June 4 there will be a hurricane preparedness seminar offered at Community Hall on North Pebble Beach. July 4 there will be a breakfast at Community Hall followed by a pool party including karaoke. There will also be music at the bandstand, free ice cream while it lasts and a food vendor with hamburgers, corn dogs and other offerings. Other Business Funds were received from the sale of 45 homes during March. As of the end of that month, we had 11,347 residents. Guest passes are now $2 per day with no discount for extended stays.

The Lakes in SCC - Part II - Residents and Their Lakes

By Ilona Merritt The lakes were very special to the early residents of SCC, especially those who lived along the shorelines. They formed social clubs, yacht clubs, and developed guidelines for the care of their lakes. They stocked their lakes with fish and in one case with swans. When a problem developed, the lake residents found ways to take care of them. Middle Lake Association established Good Neighbor Rules and Practices in May 1977. An active appeal is made to every resident of Middle Lake to take an active part in this Association, to help keep the area surrounding the lake a most desirable place in which to live, with consideration for the rights and feelings of neighbors. Their concern was the wildlife. Box Socials were held, annual boat tours, dinner parties, and celebrations. Swan Lake, originally the watering hole for the cattle roaming here, it was made large, called Blanton Lake, then Bass Lake and finally became Swan Lake when two Swans were brought down from Chicago. In 1962, a house was $12,500 with $2,000 more for the lakefront. The residents around the lake took care of the swans. A female cygnet was born and the residents bought her a male companion but she fought with him so much they had to trade him for another. It cost the residents $360 a year to feed the swans. Glen Sweeney fed the swans and kept the food on his back porch. North Lake established Neighborliness rules: This guide is intended to help North Lake residents, to keep and improve the high standards of the lake. The list covered landscaping, clotheslines, and equipment, as well as rules regarding docks and ramps. Cleanliness of the lake, the islands, swimming, boating and not feeding of wildlife. In 1971, North Lake residents

About 250 residents took advantage of the free cruises offered by North Lake Yacht Club. Members of this yacht club offered these cruised of North Lake on privately owned pontoon boats every spring (1987).

established a Yacht Club which included a very busy social season. Dr. Wolthorn, a retired chemical engineer introduced the luminaries, a Christmas custom from Mexico. The committee liked the idea, appointed him chairman of a committee to work out the logistics and to organize the first lake-wide light display at Christmas time 1968. One thousand candles were needed for the luminaries, and this tradition carried on for many years. Simmons Lake was founded in 1960, but it was not until 1969 that the area south of SR-674 was developed. As early as 1969, Webb published its intentions for

Simmons Lake as a $1,800,000 addition to SCC. Five small lakes were planned instead of the magnificent 23-acre lake which now exists. 1974 Simmons Lake residents formed their own association. The purpose of the association is to promote and encourage a good neighbor relationship through understanding and cooperation for the general good of all Simmons Lake residents by issuing guidance of recommendations and suggestions providing social contacts between its members and checking of overall problems of the lake. Residents have their own docks and pleasure boats. Next edition: How to care for a Lake.


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CLUBS The News of Sun City Center

May 2019

NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks.

Sun City Center Stained Glass Club News

Sheri and Lennie Fine of Sun City Center are the lucky winners of this beautiful stained glass panel that was created by Karen Ransbury and was raffled off at the FunFest on March 16. Lucky indeed! They won a stained-glass panel that was raffled at last year’s FunFest. Sheri was so excited that they won, she made a point of double checking their recently purchased lottery tickets. They weren’t quite as lucky with their Powerball tickets. She is happy to have her glass panel already hanging up in her kitchen window.

Sun City Center Stained Glass Club

The Sun City Center Stained Glass Club want to thank the community for coming to their annual glass show held on February 28-1 and voting for the “People’s Choice” award. That very special award was given to Cor Van Der Woude for his soldering masterpiece “Tree of Life”. Cor says he made the “Tree of Life” for his daughter-in-law, Erin. He started by laying the tree pattern on the glass to get the best sunburst look. Then he made the tree from quarter inch copper to give it strength, then put it in the frame to hang it up. He then added the branches and wrapped the copper wire with copper foil to give a three-dimensional look. He placed the sunburst glass and soldered it to the tree. He finally soldered all the copper and finished with a copper patina.

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Computer Club Classes

Sign up for classes can be done online or in the Computer Lab, (Atrium Building) Monday through Saturday, 12:30 - 5 p.m. Student must be a member in good standing at Sun City Center or Kings Point. Tuition is payable upon registration. For additional information email: Beverly Hiller, Education Director at hillerbev@aol.com. Listed here are brief descriptions of the classes being offered. For all the details, go to the Computer Club website www.scccomputerclub. org. Detailed information is also available in the computer lab. Practice with Google Searching • Wednesday, May 8, 9:30–11 a.m. Cut the Cord? • Friday, May 10, 9–10:30 a.m. Introduction to Excel • Wednesday, May 15, 9–10:30 a.m. Excel: Formula, Function, Formatting •Wednesday. May 15, 10:45-12:15 p.m. Windows 10 Workshop • Thursday, May 16 & Friday, May 17, 9–11 a.m. Tuning Your PC Workshop • Tuesday, May 21, 8:30 a.m.–Noon Beginners Semi-Private Tutoring • Wednesday, May 22, 9–10 a.m. Buying a Computer • Thursday, May 23, 9–11 a.m. Introduction to File Explorer • Friday, May 24, 9–Noon Easy Ways to Create Better Documents • Friday, May 31, 10–Noon

Swim Dancers Are Accepting New Members

Spring is the perfect time to try synchronized swimming. The Swim Dancers practice on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 and on Friday mornings from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Put on your suit, bring a towel and come jump in the water. If you are comfortable swimming a lap of the pool, they will teach you the rest. There are different levels of figures from easy to difficult, so there is something for everyone. There are float patterns so you don’t even have to put your face in the water. Questions? Call Sue Muise, 813-633-2479.

Sun City Center Connects – a grassroots movement to promote civic engagement in our community – seeks an excited, outgoing, inspired person to help spread the word about how great Sun City Center is. This person will act as a spokesperson for getting involved in Sun City Center. Part-time, paid job for 10 hours per week. If you’re geared up to get active, connected and engaged, join us! Please send resume to Bob Miller at rwmillerjr@yahoo.com.

Scrabble Club

Love Long and Knit!

Needlecrafters celebrated their annual spring luncheon April 11, saying hello to spring and goodbye to our snowbirds. It also happened to be Alice Miller’s 94th birthday. Alice is still an active member at Needlecrafters. She still crochets many of our towels and does plastic canvas items for domino players, hand and foot and bridge players. She is however not our oldest member. That distinction goes to Helen Iannazzi who will be 100 this summer. Helen is still an active member and loves to knit and do plastic canvas also. Come on down to the Needlecrafters Gift Shop, right next to the shuffleboard court. Summer hours M-W-F, 9-12.

Potters Wheel Donates to Samaritan Services

Terrie McNamara of the Potters Wheel Club of Sun City Center presents a check to Julie Floyd of Samaritan Services. Samaritan Services, a 501(c)3 charity, provides many support services needed by residents of Greater Sun City Center. They transport ambulatory residents to medical appointments between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Brandon, Bradenton and Tampa, with advance notice of 10 to 14 days. SCC Ride provides transportation for in-town appointments and shopping, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Samaritan Services also coordinate the Meals on Wheels program, and provide Alzheimer’s respite care. For Samaritan Services information call 813-634-9283. For SCC Ride, call 813-633-6111.

Like to laugh and talk while giving your brain a little exercise? Stop by Scrabble Club in the Heritage Room (right next to the Computer Club room, accessible from the north parking lot) a little before 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. There are no dues, but you should wear your C.A. badge. Bring your Scrabble dictionary if you have one. You are allowed to use it.

May Artist of the Month

The Art Club in Sun City Center has chosen MaryAnn Rowe as Artist of the Month for May 2019. Upon retiring in 2010 her interest in painting was nurtured in Community Education courses offered at the University of Michigan at Dearborn. MaryAnn found her niche painting with watercolor, oils, and acrylics. Merging elements from various media taps her creativity. Her paintings represent broad interests in animals, landscape, flowers and portraits. In 2017, she moved to Sun City Center where her she pursued the creative arts: pottery, weaving, quilting, and painting. As a member of the Art Club in Sun City Center weekly classes in watercolor and oils enable her to perfect her style. Two entries in 2019 Annual Art Show “SmArt & Classy” were awarded first place ribbons in the beginner oil and water media categories. As a veteran, MaryAnn is proudest of years of service dedicated to the Army National Guard where deployments took her to Panama, Iraq, Germany, and Egypt. The background acquired in the service enriched the experience and knowledge she brought to the pursuit of careers in education, medicine administration, and photojournalism. Thank you for your service to our country. MaryAnn Rowe’s work will be displayed during May at the SCC Library, the SCC Visitor Center, La Beautique Salon, SCC Samaritan Services, Cadence Bank, Fiore’s Sunshine Café and the SCC Art Room Window. Visit www.artclubofscc for more information.


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Chalk Festival: Art on the Street, Literally!

Two streets were filled with the creations by artists from all over the country and from all over the world. (Photo by John Loeffler)

Paul Ricon Gollardo says this is a portrait of his wife, Cassandra. (Photo by John Loeffler)

By Diane M. Loeffler Florida loves to throw a party. There are festivals and expos somewhere in central Florida nearly every weekend. The Chalk Festival may well be one of the most visually pleasing of all them. This year’s Chalk Festival theme was “The Chalk of the Town.” The event is usually held in Venice, but this year it was on

Some artists came from as far away as Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy. Lines crept past the works of art. Some onlookers asked the artists about their creations. A handful of the chalk drawings needed to be viewed from a specific place to see the 3D effect. A few artists set up lenses mounted so that observers could get the full effect.

the streets of Sarasota. Getting there was an easy drive by car, but you could also hop on the bus provided by Glory Tours and let them drop you off right at one of the entrances. Artists sat on the pavement and completed their masterpieces under a bright, Florida sun. Signs listed their names and the state or country from which they came.

If you would like to visit the Chalk Festival next year, you may wish to check their website, “chalkfestival.org”, or check the schedules provided by the local travel groups to see if they will have a bus going there. The two local bus options are Glory Tours, KP North Clubhouse, and SCC Travel Club, Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Rd.

The Governor Comes to SCC News staff photo

South Hillsborough Veterans Clinic Scheduled to Open May 21

By Uta Kuhn, with Frank Kepley The highly-anticipated VA South Hillsborough Outpatient Clinic is scheduled to open May 21. Located at 12920 Summerfield Crossing Boulevard, at the corner of US-301, the 50,000-squarefoot clinic expects to serve more than 10,000 Veterans residing in Riverview, Ruskin, Sun City Center, Gibsonton, Wimauma, and Apollo Beach. The medical team will be led by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patricia Mossop; and the services provided will include: primary care including women’s primary care, radiology, audiology, dietary and mental health counseling, laboratory, pharmacy, physical medicine and rehab, respiratory therapy, social work, prosthetics, telehealth, podiatry, and patient advocacy.

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While there are no geographical restrictions on where Veterans may receive care, patients of providers moving from the Primary Care Annex to the new South Hillsborough clinic and existing Haley patients will be given priority. Patients who wish to have their care transferred to the new clinic should discuss this with their Primary Care Physician. Veterans who are not currently enrolled in VA health care should contact the VA’s Enrollment & Eligibility Office at 813.972.2000 ext. 1710, or visit “www.tampa. va.gov/patients/eligibility.asp” for further information. An open house is scheduled for May 14. The first patient day will be May 21. Note: Some facts provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Senator Tom Leek (left) and Representative Aaron Bean (second from left) spoke before Governor Ron DeSantis addressed the gathering. DeSantis said, “You never are going to go wrong if you just listen to your folks and do what is right.”

By Diane M. Loeffler Did you know that Governor Ron DeSantis was in Sun City Center? His office contacted the Community Association Office on April 5 asking if he could address area residents on April 8. The topic was one that concerns most senior citizens, the cost of medicine. During his visit, Governor DeSantis announced his plans to reduce the cost of drugs. He was accompanied by two state

legislators who are sponsoring bills to lower the costs of prescription medication: Senator Tom Leek and Representative Aaron Bean. Under these plans, prescription drugs would be purchased from safe, reliable sources in Canada. The last governor to visit Sun City Center was Rick Scott on January 23, 2018. At that time, Scott gave the Governor’s Veterans Service Medal to 628 Florida veterans

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The old rhyme says April showers bring May flowers. For me, May also brings a birthday. To hear my mom tell it, I was scheduled to be a June baby, but chose to make an early entrance into this place we call the world. Since then, I’ve been telling stories and trying to figure out what to do with the opportunity inherent in every new day. I’ve listened to pastors and rabbis, philosophers, teachers, authors, songwriters, speakers, family, and friends. I’ve heard life is “all about” family or faith, about happiness or love or achievement. About being a “better version” of myself, or about “finding my passion.” And maybe life really is about all of those things, especially at different times. But, right now, if I had to explain the best way to do life, I think my answer would probably come down to a pair of questions I ask my two younger boys every evening at dinner: “What did you learn today?” and “Who did you help today?” Making a daily attempt to learn something and help someone is

a recipe for a pretty good day. Throw in some good music, good conversation, a nice meal, and a cold beverage, and you have the makings of a very good day, indeed. String together enough of those days, and you build a pretty good life. Thing is, some days you just don’t get there. Some days are filled with stress, broken things we can’t fix, unwelcome surprises, and calls from the doctor that don’t go so well. Some days are filled with arguments, flat tires, and ants in the kitchen cabinets. On days like that, you may still want a cold one, but you probably don’t want someone to phone up, asking for a hand with something. When life lands on you with both boots, it’s tough to feel helpful or inspired. I think, maybe, that’s why so many of us are mesmerized by sunsets. They’re beautiful all on their own, sure; but they also feel like promises painted across the sky by a light we know will be there for us tomorrow, even if the weather forecast calls for rain. Fulfilled promises are hard to come by in this life, but as opportunities go, the promise of a new day is a pretty good one. So, as I ponder the beginning of yet another trip around the sun, I find comfort in the notion that, maybe, I will know a little more than I did yesterday, and I will have a chance to give someone a reason to smile. Any adventure or opportunity beyond that is a bonus.

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NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks.

DAR Meeting

Wednesday, May 15, at 12:30 p.m. The Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter DAR will have Lt. Col. Donald Gunn (U.S Army, Ret.) as guest speaker. Her program will be “First World War Armistice Agreement.” Refreshments will be provided by DAR. Meeting is open to all DAR and prospective members and interested residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. Meeting is located in the Florida Room at the Atrium.

Sun City Center Photo Club May Program

The Sun City Center Photo Club welcomes members and their guests to attend their May program to be held in the Caper Room, located in the Atrium Building on May 14, at 6:30 p.m. Our guest speaker will be professional photographer, teacher and judge, Christine Cook. Christine has earned awards both nationally and internationally. She teaches at the Naples Botanical Gardens and Florida Camera Club Council. She teaches photography and Photoshop to children at the Naples Art Association and also makes presentations to camera clubs throughout the state. She developed a judges’ certification program that has helped to provide qualified judges for local and state competitions. For more information about our club, please visit our website at www.photoclubscc.com.

Science, Engineering & Technology Club Meeting

TOPIC: Digestive Health: from Cancer Prevention to Probiotics Monday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in the Caper Room, Atrium Building, 954 North Course Lane. There is no cost for guests; any resident of CA or Kings Point interested in science and technology is invited. Note that for this month only, we will meet on the first Monday of the month, not the second Monday. Did you know your digestive system has over 500 million neurons - more that five times the number of neurons in the spinal cord? During this talk, Dr. David Hormozdi will give an overview of the highly complex but often times overlooked gastrointestinal system. Participants will learn about the intricate balance between the gut and the brain, effects of diet and exercise on digestive health, and review the data on popular topics in enteric health such as probiotics. We will also cover the important topic of colon cancer prevention.

L to R: Gary Kimball and Fred Fiedler.

Security Patrol Sports a New Sign

Samaritan Services

A wonderful donation of $250 from the Eagles Golf Group from Renaissance in Sun City Center to Samaritan Services. Pictured from left: Julie Floyd (Samaritan Services), John Richards (Eagles), Lee Leverett (Samaritan Services), Norm Karp (Eagles). Samaritan Services is a 501(c)3 charity, provides many support services needed by residents of Greater Sun City Center. We will transport ambulatory residents to medical appointments between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Brandon, Bradenton, and Tampa, with advance notice of 10 to 14 days. SCC Ride provides transportation for in-town appointments and shopping, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Samaritan Services also coordinate the Meals on Wheels program, and provide Alzheimer’s respite care. For Samaritan Services information call 813-634-9283. For SCC Ride, call 813-633-6111.

By Ilona Merritt The Security Patrol proudly sports a beautiful new sign at their La Jolla entrance. After all the overgrown bushes were pulled the new sign created and crafted by Captain Gary Kimball was put into place. Perhaps many of us may remember the blue and white plastic strips which members hung onto their personal lamppost to let the community know that they were active members of the Security Patrol. They were cut from white and blue acrylic by member Fred Fiedler, now Chief of the Patrol. When a new sign was needed Gary Kimball, Captain of team 30, and a member of the Sawdust Engineers, stepped up to the plate. He used the leftover acrylic and created the sign. It was a very challenging piece of work, to cut out the curves and letters out of the blue acrylic and then line everything evenly spaced onto the white acrylic. Many thanks to Gary Kimball, a hard job well done.

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Men’s Club Announces November Cruise

David Floyd (left), Men’s Club President, accepts a check for $4019 from Travelworld President, Don O Neal (second from left), generated from the club’s Christmas Cruise in December 2018. Under the arrangement between the two organizations, Travelworld shares the profits with the club for each of the club’s annual cruises. Also shown are Jayne Kirse, Manager of the Sun City Center Travelworld, and Jim Rottman, VP Special Projects for the club. The club also announced a seven-day cruise in November, 2019 on the Holland America new Nieuw Statendam sailing November 24 and returning on December 1. Details available at the Travelworld office.

Cat Lovers Club Presentation

Karen Hill has been showing cats for 50 years. Karen will demonstrate a scoopfree litter box along with a discussion of several clumping litters that are friendly for your cat’s respiratory system. She will also discuss organic treats and the benefits to your cats and share some tips on grooming your cat. All are welcomed to join us at this presentation on Tuesday, May 7 from 10 – Noon in the Armstrong Room #26, Central Campus, Sun City Center. If you have any questions please contact us at 813-4423014 or email at info@CatLoversClub.org.

Woman’s Club News

GFWC Sun City Center Woman’s Club, Inc. enjoyed learning how to make bud vases at their March meeting, taught by Amalia and Migdahia the staff from The Sun City Center Flowers & Gifts. They welcomed one new member Mary Starrett, making the total number of members for the 20182019 year 186. This year the club made over $1,743 at the FunFest, one of their annual Fundraisers. This money added to other donated funds throughout the year will be used to give grants to organizations in the community who serve those among us in need. We would love to have all Women in Sun City Center and Kings Point to come join a hardworking and fun club helping our community.

Art Club in Sun City Center’s May Demo Artist

The Art Club in Sun City Center is featuring an oil painting demonstration by Florida artist Cory Wright on Monday, May 20 at 1 p.m. in Rollins Theater. Influenced by her grandmother who was a sculptor, Cory began drawing and painting as a very young girl. By age fifteen, she had begun to paint professionally by applying paint to wall surfaces, working with interior designers, builders, and home owners to create large-scale murals and custom faux finishes. She earned a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998 and, while in college, also studied in Rome, Italy, through the school’s European Honors Program. In 2011, she attended an intensive 10-day plein air oil painting workshop in Italy and became passionately interested in painting the landscape outdoors. In 2013, she began showing her work at local studios, and in 2016 opened the doors of Cory Wright Art Gallery & Studio in Palmetto, Florida. Her paintings are now part of numerous national and international private collections. This demonstration, which will follow the club’s brief monthly membership meeting, is open to all SCC Community Association and Kings Point members.

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Rays Announcer Addresses SCC Men’s Club

By Jay Sparkman. Orestes Destrade, in his seventh season a pre-game and postgame host for RAYS LIVE!, was guest speaker at the April luncheon meeting of the Sun City Center Men’s Club. Mr. Destrade spent 15 seasons in pro baseball as a designated hitter, first baseman, and outfielder with the Yankees, Pirates, Seibu Lions of the Japanese Pacific League, and the Miami Marlins. Mr. Destrade, prior to joining Fox Sports TV for the Rays games worked for ESPN, XM Radio, and ESPN Radio. Using a mixture of humor, baseball history, and personal history, Mr. Destrade’s presentation was warmly received by the full house of Men’s Club members. The Sun City Center Men’s Club is open to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. Please call Jon Lehr at 813-260-3058 for more information.

L to R: Kelly Crowley, founder Wounded Warriors & Gold Star Mother in Ruskin; Sally Anne Barclay, President Elect, GFWC Sun City Center Woman’s Club; Karen Wilkinson, Arts & Crafts Committee Chair.

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Emergency Squad Hosts “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”

Information Meeting on Volunteering May 8 The Sun City Center Emergency Squad is hosting an Open House at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month as an Information Meeting for prospective volunteers. The meeting will take place at the Training Building at 124 S. Pebble Beach. With this meeting, we invite interested residents to find out more about the Squad and the volunteer opportunities we have available. The Squad is always looking for volunteers who want to become Dispatchers, Emergency Medical Responders, Ambulance Drivers and Emergency Medical Technicians. Other volunteer positions the Squad has available include IT specialists, vehicle maintenance volunteers, cooks and front desk receptionists. Each year the Squad provides Basic Life Support (BLS) emergency services to the community. In 2014, the Squad made almost 5000 ambulance runs and approximately 2000 medical wheelchair van runs. All of the Squad’s services are free, including blood pressures that are offered daily at the office from 8AM to 5PM.

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Nearly New Shop Student Volunteers Recognized

By Jay Sparkman, Photo by Linda Maslyk The six student volunteers at the Nearly New Shop in the Sun City Center Plaza were recently acknowledged for their outstanding contributions to the operation of the shop. The students attend Lennard, East Bay, and Middleton. Students receive community service hours which can be of great help when students begin applying for college scholarships and other post high school opportunities.

SCC Interfaith Council Supports Firehouse Cultural Center

By Jay Sparkman The Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council recently presented the Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin with a $3,220 grant to be used in the offering of Children’s Art Studios and Free Teen Open Studios with 3 hour workshops offered to teens with an interest in the arts and/or art and technology. The teen studio will be facilitated by the FCC partnership with the Tampa Art Museum.

L to R: Georgia Vahue, Executive Director, Firehouse Cultural Center, Trish Saalbach, Secretary, SCC Interfaith Council.

SCC Interfaith Council Helps Southeast Guide Dogs

This 1973 Dodge truck, once a lumber hauler, is now owned by BJ and Carol Braden of Palmetto, and the Roamin’ Oldies cruiser of the month.

Once a Lumber Hauler, Now a Spiffy Show Truck

BJ and Carol Braden’s 1973 Dodge C600 truck was a big hit with the crowd at the Roamin’ Oldies April 4 cruise-in. About nine feet tall and 6,000 pounds of big, and so admired it was voted cruiser of the month. The one-time Virginia lumber hauler was found as just a wellpreserved cab and frame, and built up from there. Shortened by 5-1/2 feet, fitted with a pickup bed, treated to a complete cab restoration and engine rebuild, and painted an eye-catching bright blue finish, it is a one-of-a-kind treat for automotive enthusiasts everywhere it goes. The Roamin’ Oldies host a cruise-in from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month, with a rain date the following Thursday, at the Mira Bay Village Shopping Center on US-41 in Apollo Beach. About 100 of the area’s finest antique and collectible cars often take part, accompanied by classic oldies music played by DJ Joey Ferrante. For information, call Chet at 813-842-1511.

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By Jay Sparkman. The Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council recently presented Southeast Guide Dogs with a grant of $5,000. The grant will provide funding for one visually impaired person to attend the Guide Dog Student Training Program where he or she will be matched with a guide dog. Student and dog will live and train together for 20 days. The Interfaith Council uses monies raised from the sale of donated goods at the Nearly New Shop in the Sun City Center Plaza to fund grants to organizations and Nick Caleca, SCC Interfaith provide college scholarships. Council, Sue Spicer, guide dog For more information about school graduate; Andy Kramer, VP the Interfaith Council or the of Philanthropy, SE Guide Dogs; & Nearly New Shop go to www. Mason, Sue Spicer’s guide dog. InterfaithCouncilofSunCityCenter.com or call 813-642-9099

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L to R: Brian Pawley, Rea Cantwell (President), Frank Slesnick, Steve Overton (Past President), Mike Binder (new member sponsor), Georgana Collins, Ron Banaszak, and Tony Badalamenti (all Past Presidents).

Campaign Against Human Trafficking-SouthShore (CAHT)

May 10 Bingo Event CAHT is doing it again – another smashing bingo game, May 10, 4-6 p.m., Florida Room, Sun City Center North Community Atrium. Charity bingo to raise funds for area school scholarships and education programs, our backpack program for domestic violence and human trafficking survivors, and our new pilot program, Safe, Emergency Shelter for Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Victims in our south shore area. Game entry is free, and doors will open at 3:30 p.m. 8-pak game is $10. Lots of fantastic prizes, gift cards, and special fun games. Bingo caller, Tanya Thompson is volunteering her time again. Any questions call Robbie Chaplin, 319-360-7025.

SCC Rotary Welcomes New Members

The Sun City Center Rotary Club welcomed two new members to the club. The SCC Rotary Club meets each Tuesday for lunch at Freedom Fairways (membership – call Tony at 813.642.8715).

Rotary Group 9 High School Speech Contest

The Rotary Group 9 High School Speech Contest was held at the Sun City Center Rotary Club on March 12. Contestants were the winners from each of the clubs in Group 9. The winner continues on to the District level contest. Pictured (l-r) are Rea Cantwell (SCC President), David Swartzlander (winner), Deborah Williams (Asst District Governor), Wil Furby (runnerup), and Marilyn Everett (FishHawk-Riverview Club President). The SCC Rotary Club meets each Tuesday for lunch at Freedom Fairways (membership – call Tony at 813-642-8715).

Five of the 20 Snowbird Volunteers at the Nearly New Shop.

Snowbird Volunteers Flying North: Replacements Needed

The Nearly New Shop in the Sun City Center Plaza is the fundraising department of the Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council and is staffed totally by volunteers. The Shop is very fortunate to have Snowbirds volunteer during the winter months and help with the many tasks needed to prepare donated goods for sale. When spring and summer arrive the Snowbirds head to their northern homes and the Nearly New finds the need for volunteers to fill the gaps. The Nearly New Shop must fully operate in order for the Interfaith Council to be able to provide grants to organizations and to fund scholarships to graduating seniors at Lennard and East Bay high schools. If you can volunteer please call the Nearly New Shop at 813-642-9099 or go by the shop which is located behind the Bon Worth store in the Sun City Center Plaza.

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Apollo Beach Woman’s Club Bus Tour

In March, the Apollo Beach Women’s Club (ABWC) and friends attended the 3rd Annual ABWC Bus Trip fundraiser. This year’s bus tour was to Savannah GA., Beaufort SC, and Jekyll Island. A great time was had by all who attended! Proceeds from the trip were donated to the ABWC’s College Scholarship Fund to help high school students in Apollo Beach and the surrounding areas with a demonstrated financial need.

SCC Polish Heritage Club

We would like to thank all those that attended our Easter Dinner! You made it a rousing success! We are recessing for the summer and look forward to seeing everyone at our next membership meeting on Tuesday, October 29 at 7 p.m., in the Florida Room of the Atrium Building. For info about our Club, please call: Lorraine at 813.677.0026 or Wanda at 813.633.0016.

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Nutrition and Diabetes Educational Luncheon

Dr. Khushi Dhaliwal and Dr. Shemushi Nasreen, both board certified in family medicine, will be presenting an educational luncheon event on Wednesday May 22 at 11 a.m. at the Kings Point Clubhouse, 1904 Clubhouse Drive. The physicians will present a short educational discussion on nutrition and diabetes. Lunch will be provided. Seats are limited so if you plan to attend RSVP at 813633-2000. Tampa Bay Family Physicians is a primary care office specializing in treating Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plan patients.

American Association of University Women Meeting May 11

AAUW (American Association of University Women) invite the public to our Saturday, May 11, brunch meeting of the AAUW of SCC and the Southshore of Tampa will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Room 201 of the Ruskin Campus of Hillsborough Community College on Shellpoint Road. Dr. Jennifer China will speak and present AAUW Scholarships to students of HCC. The meeting is free of charge and open to the public and no charge for refreshments. Questions, call Margie Castiglia with questions at 813.633.8353 or email Nancy Ducharme at nancy7553@aol.com.

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SCC Men’s Club Learns About Emergency Management

By Jay Sparkman Marcus Martin, an emergency management specialist with Hillsborough County Office of Emergency Management, was the guest speaker at the March luncheon meeting of the Sun City Center Men’s Club. Mr. Martin spoke on the tasks of HCOEM in preparing for countywide emergencies such as floods, hurricanes, large fires, and other events calling for the evacuation L to R: David Floyd, President, and provision of shelters for SCC Men’s Club, Marcus Martin, residents. Mr. Martin stressed the Hillsborough County Office of need for every family, business, Emergency Management, George organization, and community Bodmer, VP of Programs, SCC to have an emergency plan Men’s Club to follow should the need arise. The SCC Men’s Club is open to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. For information call Jon Lehr, Membership VP at 813-260-3058.

Women’s Organization Welcomes Founder in SCC

On April 11, the CEO of S.W.A.T. Networking, Dr. Robyn Spirtas attended the Sun City Center chapter luncheon. The members and guests were excited to hear from the founder of the organization at their April meeting. Dr. Robyn, as known by the SWAT members, enjoys providing a place for women in business to gather and support one another. The group formed in 2009 in Manatee County and opened its Sun City Center location last year. They joined the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce and have been enjoying monthly meetings at the Life Enrichment Center at the United Methodist Church the last several months. SWAT, which stands for Successful Women Aligning Together, is open to all women in business. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. To learn more about SWAT, go to www.swatnetworking.com.

L to R: Marty Heiss, Nancy Heiss, James Abney, Donna Abriano, Daniel Krupa, Markiva Napier and Marcie McKee, Instructor. Not in photograph is Jordan Eggleston.

Emergency Squad New Emergency Medical Responders

The Emergency Squad is pleased to announce its newest Emergency Medical Responders from its April class. Emergency Medical Responders go through 54 hours of training including 8 hours of CPR class. They must pass CPR in order to become an EMR. After finishing the class, all the volunteers go through mentoring before working on the ambulance or wheelchair van. The EMR is responsible for recording the patient’s medical history, medications, allergies and preparing the Patient Care Report in conjunction with the EMT. They also must be prepared to assist with any patient care as requested by the EMT.

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Canadian Club Donates to the Emergency Squad

In Memory of Ken Reid Ken Reid was a special man to many people. A long-time member of the Canadian Club and a 20-year volunteer for the Emergency Squad. In his memory, the Canadian club donated $250 and a beautiful plaque in Ken’s memory.

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By Debbie Caneen South County Events is provided by Debbie Caneen, Director of Admissions, Sun Towers from items submitted for publication. To submit events for future publications, send them by the 15th of the prior month. Debbie also publishes Ads and Events, a weekly e-mail containing information about what’s happening in 33573. Your event will also appear in the weekly Ads and Events e-mail and on the website www.SCCAdsAndEvents.com. Send all events by e-mail to sccfreeads@tampabay.rr.com. You only need to submit your Event one time each month for it to appear in both The News of Kings Point and SCC Ads and Events. SPECIAL EVENTS Please include all basic information, especially Price (or list it’s Free) and Contact Information (phone, e-Mail, or website). Six lines maximum. Send to: sccfreeads@ tampabay.rr.com. As soon as space permits, we will put it in the weekly e-Mail and it will run until event date passes. You do not need to submit it again. PLEASE NOTE: This area is for SPECIAL EVENTS only. WEEKLY, MONTHLY, or ONGOING EVENTS are listed on our website under WEEKLY & MONTHLY MEETINGS at www.SCCAdsAndEvents.com which is updated every weekend.

SUN. MAY 5 - SUNDAY BRUNCHES AT SOUTH BAY 10:00 - 2:00 p.m. South Bay Hospital Cafeteria 4016 Sun City Center Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573. Brunch will include one breakfast or lunch entrée, two sides, biscuit/ roll, and a fountain drink all for $6. Coffee is complimentary. The cafeteria will close a little early on Sundays at 9am in order to accommodate this special offering for the community. We hope you can take advantage of this service. This themed weekend offering for St. Patrick’s Day includes free Jell-O parfaits first come, first serve as long as supplies last. MON. MAY 6 - WIDOWER’S GROUP 9:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Meeting for widowers only. We invite you to attend a meeting, coffee and donuts on us. You’ll sit and listen as others share their experiences in dealing with the different stages of the tragic loss of losing your spouse. For more information call Tom Harding 813-634-1236. TUE. MAY 7, 14, 21, 28 - LINE DANCING WITH A BALANCE EVERY TUESDAY 9:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Sun City Center. Do you like to dance but are worried about falling? Join our free line dancing class lead by trained therapists. This weekly class will improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling. We can boot scoot and boogie safely together and make exercise fun! TUE. & THU. BEGINNING

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The News MAY 7 - SCREEN PRINTING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Firehouse Cultural Center, Ruskin. Event type: Workshops & Classes Tampa Museum of Art Logo. In partnership with the Tampa Museum of Art. New Class for FCC Spring! Screen Printing. A printmaking class for beginning to advanced students focusing on the creation of screen prints. Tuition: Members $120 / Non-members $140. TUE. MAY 7, 14, 21, 28 - LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Sun City Center.  your life fully with zest and joy! Rid yourself of depression, anxiety, frustrations with family, children, friends, life changes, health problems, finances and more. All are welcome in complete confidence and free of charge. No appointment is necessary. WED. MAY 8, 15, 22, 29 THERAPEUTIC TAI CHI FOR HEALTH 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center. Our therapists have advanced training in therapeutic Tai Chi for Seniors and will provide guidance in this healthy exercise. Tai Chi has been proven to increase strength and balance. WED. MAY 8 - DIABETES EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP 10:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Sponsored by the Men’s Club of SCC. Have you been given the diagnosis of Diabetes? Are you unsure of your dietary and physical future? Discover options and learn information that will prepare you for a healthy future with Diabetes.  WED. MAY 8 - VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR “YOUR WINDOW INTO THEIR WORLD” 10:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Walk a Mile in the Shoes of a Person Living with Dementia. Created by P.K. Beville, a specialist in geriatrics, this experience is designed to instill hope in professional and family caregivers, providing them with a tool to move from sympathy to empathy and to better understand the behaviors and needs of their loved ones and patients. Free event but RSVP is required to 813-634-3347. THU. MAY 9 - FREE CONCERT WITH THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA 2:00 p.m. at Veterans Theater, Kings Point, 1900 Clubhouse Drive. This concert is a gift to the community in celebration of two years of giving in the South Shore area by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. Advance tickets: Tuesday, April 23, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. and Thursday, April 24, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the Foundation office in Sun Trust, 1525 Rickenbacker Drive. All advance tickets will guarantee admission before 1:45 p.m. Tickets at the door: Any seats available at 1:45 p.m. will be released on a first come basis. MON. MAY 13 - JFK UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL,1963-1964 Presented by The King’s Point

History Club, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. (From 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. there will be a social Meet & Greet). KPCH, the banquet room welcome all residents of Kings Point and Sun City Center presentation and discussion by Norm Noggle. If you have an interest to join our group or want to present your personal history or a topic. Please contact us, at  friendsofhistorygroup27@ gmail.com. Anyone who wants to attend that lives outside Kings Point in Sun City Center, just come thru the visitor entrance and tell them you want to attend the History Group Meeting to gain entrance. TUE. MAY 14 - SOUTH BAY HOSPITAL STROKE SUPPORT GROUP 1:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Amy Yepez, doctor of physical therapy (DPT) for Sun Terrace Health Care Center will facilitate this monthly group meeting. If you are at risk of a stroke or have had a stroke, this group is for you! Free valet service available at Sun Terrace entrance. Info: 813-892-2990. WED. MAY 15 - LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. This meeting will be a field trip to the Lighthouse for the blind in Tampa! Do you wonder how others with low vision advance through their day? Do they receive care from outside sources? What adaptive vision devices successfully assist them? Each need is different but if we

gather to share our resources, we all benefit! Attend this support group where challenges are met with resources and where members inspire others with their successes. Learn what assistance there may be for you if you have low vision in order to maintain your independence. Free valet parking for cars and golf carts. For more info call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. THU. MAY 16 - FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS Beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Coalition office at Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center, Suite 254. Did you know a vitamin deficiency can exhibit the same symptom as dementia? With annual memory screenings, you will be able to identify a decline in memory in order to address it and hopefully reverse it altogether which is the goal of the Coalition! By appointment only. To schedule, call the Coalition at 813-4194902. Receive information during the screening to learn more. MON. MAY 20 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY CENTER 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. If you have had success with any treatment you have tried, please come to share! If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to attend this support group! Complimentary valet parking available at entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-8922990.

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South County Events from 10. TUE. MAY 21 - FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS 9:30 a.m. in Creason Hall at the United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd West, Sun City Center. Did you know a vitamin deficiency can exhibit the same symptom as dementia? With annual memory screenings, you will be able to identify a decline in memory in order to address it and hopefully reverse it altogether which is the goal of the Coalition! By appointment only. To schedule, call the Coalition at 813-419-4902. TUE. MAY 21 - SOUTH BAY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY MEETING 10:30 a.m. with a Round Table Discussion at the United Methodist Church in the Life Enrichment Center (LEC), 1210 W Del Webb Blvd, Sun City Center. That will be followed by a sit-down luncheon at noon, and then the main presentation by our guest speaker at 1:00 p.m. This month’s speaker will be Peggy Schelin Jude. She will be presenting “What to Do With Your Stuff: Planning a Future for Your Genealogy and Heirlooms.” The cost is $15 per person for lunch. For reservations and information, call Dotty Love at 813-634-2749. Mail check to SBGS PO Box 5202, Sun City Center, FL. 33571. Your check must be received by May 9, 2019. TUE. MAY 21 - ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes

Rehabilitation Drive, Sun City Center for Terrace/Towers Program Manager this Alzheimer’s Association Therapy Caregiver Support Group. facilitates this group with open Bring your loved one for a well- discussion encouraged by all. If deserved break. Facilitated by you have had success with any Aging Care Advocates. You will treatment, please come to share receive information while your and learn. Supported by Sun loved one is cared for in our Towers Retirement Community Secured Memory Care. Please Outpatient Therapy. Learn what RSVP no less than 3 days prior to you can do to reduce your pain today. FREE valet parking at 813-677-1400. FRI. MAY 24 - VETERANS Towers entrance. Session located HISTORY PROJECT, A PROGRAM in the theater Questions? Call OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. by appointment only. The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross in partnership with the Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress, is seeking Veterans to participate in this project. The program captures through a video interview, firsthand account of Veterans who served in any branch of the US military in any capacity, from World War I through the present, and are no longer serving are eligible to participate. Civilians who served in support of a US war effort in a professional capacity are also welcome to participate. If you are a Veteran or know Veterans that would like to share their Retired stories, please call Sun Towers to Air Force Veteran schedule your interview time at Licensed and Insured 813-634-3347. MON. MAY 27 - CHRONIC PAIN, ARTHRITIS AND NEUROPATHY GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC.  Morgan Clemens, COTA/L, Sun

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Entertainment Corner By Renee Bray, SCCCA Entertainment Director

Singles Social Dance Club

The Singles Social Dance Club will meet on Sunday, May 5, and Sunday, May 26, in the Atrium Building, Florida Room, from 6:309:30 p.m. Live music presented by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. Members $4, guests $6. BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, cups and napkins provided. Dressy/casual attire requested. For information, call Janet at 813-633-3558.

Rockin’ Thru the Years Dance Club

Join us for a rockin’ good time! Our May dance will be held Saturday, May 18 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Veterans Theater in the Kings Point North Clubhouse. The Veterans Theater door will open at 6. Admission is $6 per person for nonmembers. You may BYOB and snacks. The Club provides cups, napkins, water and ice on each table. Music will be provided by The Southshore Cruisers. They play a good combination of fast and slow top 40 hits from the 60’s and 70’s. During their breaks, they will play our favorite line dance music. If you would like to attend the Rockin’ Thru the Years dance, Please email Sandi at “rockinthrutheyears@gmail.com” no later than Friday morning May 17, to provide her with your full name so she can include your name on the list that she gives to the Kings Point Front Security Gate Guards so you will be able to get through the Kings Point Front Security Gate the evening of the dance.

Oldies but Goodies Dance Club

The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be enjoying the music of the Southshore Cruisers Band, May 12, 2019 at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The cost is free for members and $6 per person for guests. No advance ticket is needed, pay at the door. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for members and 6:30 p.m. for guests. The band is a classic 60’s – 70’s rock dance band from the Southshore area of Tampa. The band will be playing 7-10 p.m. BYOB and snacks, the club will provide water, ice, cups, and napkins. As always residents of Kings Point as well as Sun City Center are always welcome. Any questions contact Club President Joanne at 813-728-1147 or email “jjlatenite@aol.com.” You may also check out our website “sccoldiesbutgoodiesdanceclub.com” or join us on Facebook facebook.com/OldiesButGoodiesDanceClub.

Thanks to many of you for sending me your email addresses, requesting to be included in our Entertainment email distribution. Season ticket holders who provided their email on renewal forms last year are already on the distribution. If you aren’t on it and would like to be, send me your email address at “entertainment@ suncitycenter.org”. The exciting 2019-2020 season planning is Renee Bray well under way. We have a great line up of performers for the coming season. In addition to the series, I am working on several non-series events that will also be open to the public including a comedy cabaret night. Season ticket holders should watch their US mail in August for renewal letters. You will have until Sept. 9 to return them and renew your seats. Sept. 19 and 20 will be the dates for season ticket holders to request seat changes, and that will be held at the KIOSK this year. Ticket pick-up will also be these same dates. Season tickets will go on sale to CA members Sept. 30 and to non-CA members on Oct. 7. Individual tickets will go on sale to CA members on Oct 14 and to non-CA members on Oct 21. If you are a season ticket holder and a snowbird, please ensure I have the address where you will be in August. The renewals are mailed BULK mail and there is no guarantee on forward delivery. Simply email me at “entertainment@suncitycenter.org” with your correct US Mailing address and I’ll make the corrections.

Moonglow Dance Club

Moonglow Ballroom Dance Club will feature the live music of “Mario DeLeon” at their monthly dance on Thursday May 23 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center. Spring & Summer Attire at Moonglow Dances is smart casual. No shorts, please. Members are free, and Visitors/ guests pay $5 per person at the door. Singles tables are always available. Please BYOB and snacks, and the club will provide ice, water, cups, and napkins. For more information, call 813-633-1297 or 813-633-2755, or email gail3357@gmail.com.

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Manning the Phones and Making the Meals for “The Squad”

By Diane M. Loeffler Your spouse or friend has fallen. You quickly realize that you are not able to help the person, so you call the Sun City Center Volunteer Emergency Squad at 813 634-3800. You breathe a sigh of relief when someone answers, asks a few relevant questions, and tells you that help is on the way. The “someone” who answers your call is a dispatcher. Dispatchers do not need any medical background. As with most of the Squad volunteers, dispatchers are assigned to a team. Team four dispatcher Linda Kalpin once worked as a paralegal and Cricket Fraser was a teacher. The Squad trains them to be dispatchers. Cricket Fraser says, “For four nights I attended training at our training center on South Pebble Beach from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. After that was mentoring. I sat in with someone else for a while. We work for five hours every eight days. Some of us substitute when people are sick or on vacation, especially when the snowbirds are away.” “The Emergency Squad is very organized. There are specific sheets for every call and for every type of situation. When the phone rings we answer, ‘Emergency Squad. What is your medical emergency?” Kalpin says she likes working at the Squad because, “I like being of service to the

“Everyone at the Emergency Squad is cohesive. They work together. Everyone depends on each other.” Volunteer cooks take turns preparing meals most of the month. Deputy Chief Jim Ryan says, “Sun Towers, Homewood, Plaza West, Palm Gardens and Pacifica each cook for the

If you call the Emergency Squad’s medical emergency number, you will reach a dispatcher. Cricket Fraser volunteers with the Team Four group of volunteers.

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SCC Players Participate in Tennis Classic

Sun City Center residents Edna Carlin and Debbie Zieg were excited to participate in the 2019 32nd Annual Morning Star School Tennis Classic held on March 23 and 24 at Carrollwood Country Club. The proceeds from the tournament will be used to benefit elementary and junior high age children with autism and other learning disabilities. Each player that participated received a goodie bag, tennis event towel and a tennis court Joe Heim Ed Brown t-shirt. Players were guaranteed at least two matches. Snack and “Ringers” SCC Horseshoe Association beverages were provided to the Singles Tournament The Ringers recently held their Singles horseshoes tournament. We tennis players throughout the are proud to announce the 1st and 2nd place results. First place tournament. Lunch was also provided on Saturday and Sunday. was won by Joe Heim, and second place was won by Ed Brown. Come join the Ringers and get into the mix. We throw on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8:30 to 11, right behind the South Community Center. You are very welcome to come out and have a free cup of coffee.

SCC Pickleball Club Dinking Tournament

Pickleball Dinking Tournaments have become a popular contest in Sun City Center. Saturday, April 13, Pickleball Club members competed in a game using only the pickleball technique known as “dinking”. Dinking is a soft hit of the ball which drops abruptly to the ground once it’s over the net. Called the soft game, it requires players to use finesse, patience and a gentle touch. In years past, members would sign up individually to compete. This year members signed up asFONTS partners. USED PROMINENT COLORS Congratulations to medal winners pictured from left to right: Don C=60.58 M=16.17 Y=7.79 Chiapetta and Deb Zieg, bronze; Caryn Troxell andK=00 Jeff Tanne, R=93 G=173 B=211 gold; Diana Foster and Val Bartosh, silver. HEX =Thanks 5DADD2 go to organizers Dee Dee Trottup, Mary Legrand and allC=65.68 of volunteers that helped M=28.59 Y=53 K=5.57 R=96 G=143 B=127 out with line judging, food preparation and to all of the spectators that came out to cheer the players on. HEX = 5F8E7F

Phil Griffin Men’s Singles Champion. Cindy Higgins Women’s and 2019 Club Singles Champion.

SCC Lawn Bowling

One of the highlights of the lawn bowling season is the final playoff for the overall Club Singles Champion. This year it was the current Women’s Singles Champion, Cindy Higgins meeting the Men’s Singles Champion, Phil Griffin. This matchup attracted many spectators. It was a great game to watch. Cindy Higgins prevailed, getting the win and was awarded the Club Singles Championship trophy. Visit “suncitycenterlbc.com” for more information about the sport of Lawn Bowls, Croquet and the local club. They welcome members of the Sun City Center and the Kings Point Community Associations.

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Lawn Bowlers take Gold Medal at Senior Games

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Recently, Sun City Center Lawn Bowlers Cindy Higgins and Bob Fladung participated in the Polk County Senior Games in Lakeland. They went undefeated to win the Gold Medal. Polk Senior Games provides an annual event of competitive athletic and recreational events for men and women 50 years and over. The event offers something for everyone – the serious competitor, the fun at heart, the seasoned athlete, and the physically challenged. To learn more about the Polk Senior Gold Medalists Cindy Higgins and Games visit polkseniorgames.org. Bob Fladung.

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Barry Chernock, gold; Tara Profitt, silver, and Keith Durham, bronze.

SCC Table Tennis Club Tournament

Sun City Center Competitive Tennis Club

Congratulations to the Sun City Center “Sunsetter’s” women’s tennis team for an overall win against The Apollo Beach team on Wednesday, March 27. Pictured front row, left to right are: Betty Zeller, Roland Poulin, Debbie Zieg, and Edna Carlin. Back row: Judi Whitaker, Lee Greenlee, Nancy Clark, and Terri Vaillancourt. Not pictured: Helene Peterson and Caryn Troxell.

The Sun City Center Table Tennis Club held a fun doubles tournament on March 27. Twelve members took part in the tournament. Each player played eleven games with each of the other players as their partner. Their score was totaled to see who won the gold, silver and bronze medals. Medal winners were Barry Chernock (gold), Tara Profitt (silver), and Keith Durham (bronze). Congratulations to all. A big thank you to club member Judy Lamb who set up the tournament and provided the refreshments.

L to R: Joyce Stafford, Mary Jane Stutz, Bobbie Cesarek, Joan Roberge, Patty Hersey.

Caloosa WGA 18 Hole League Championship

The Caloosa WGA 18 Hole League Championship was held on Monday and Wednesday, April 8 and 10. There were five flights in the 36-hole gross tournament. Bobbie Cesarek was the overall Champion with a score of 161. Mary Jane Stutz won for Blue tees flight I division, Joyce Stafford won for Blue tees flight II, Joan Roberge won for Green tees flight I and Patty Hersey won for Green tees flight II. A delightful reception followed the final day of play.

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Team winners from Renaissance Team winners from Scepter

Caloosa Women Win the Annual Triangular Tournament.

By Aileen Engel, Publicity Chair CWGA 18 On Wednesday, March 27, Caloosa Golf and Country Club hosted Renaissance and Scepter Women’s Golf Teams for the Triangular Golf Tournament. 18 teams from each club represented their club in a two-person better ball, gross and net tournament. The Renaissance team finished in 3rd place, the Scepter team finished 2nd, and the Caloosa Team finished 1st, bringing the Traveling Triangular Trophy home after a long absence. Team winners from Renaissance were Sue Knight & Sue Auger, Low Gross; Jan Huber & Diane McPherson, 2nd Gross; Ilene Hemmingway & Karen Gibson, Low Net; Kathy Norton & Sue McHargue, 2nd net; Linda Majewski & B.J. Rollins 3rd net; Deloris Durm & Erma Faron, 4th net; Mary Ann Harmon & Kathy Hannell, 5th net; Kathy Sprowl & Nancy Birkett, 6th net. Team winners from Scepter were Linda Belanger & Fern Duval, Low Gross; Louise Guerin & Lata Raby, 2nd Gross; Liz Bialaszewski & Maggie Jaccoi, Low Net, Rosie English & Karen Warfel, 2nd net; Karen Munford & Cathy Marquis, 3rd net; Edna McLemore & Pam Lecren, 4th net; Janet Kowal & Linda Jane Parson, 5th net; Mimi Choquette & Linda Poirier 6th net. Team winners from Caloosa were Bobbie Cesarek & Kim Roush, Low Gross; Elaine Hoffman & Denise Berry 2nd Gross; Janice Davis & Sandy Nodruff, Low Net; Pearl Ashe & Jan Hobbs, 2nd net; Lynn Noyes & Karla Pia, 3rd net; Jody Allison & Marion McCoy, 4th net; Joan LaMar & Sue Daveler, 5th net; Rose Bryan & Jana Roberts, 6th net.

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By Kai Rambow The Jewelers’ Building, completed in 1927 and facing the Chicago River, has a distinct look that grabs your attention. Behind the unique look is an interesting story. For many years, one elevator transported cars to the first 23 floors, enabling jewelers to safely transfer and transport their valuable merchandise. The only way to discover this is on an architectural tour. The best part: you can do this seated comfortably on a large boat with great views. Chicago is considered to be one of the world’s best cities for architecture with a terrific mix of different styles. JJ, our narrator, provided enthused commentary to help us understand what we were seeing. Here are a few sneak peeks at what you can expect to discover during a tour. The Overlooked Streets You’ll never think about it

by the green of the river and the curve of the river. The glass panes are green to maximize the reflection. This is a very enjoyable way to explore Chicago. Unlike a bus tour, everyone has great views throughout the trip. In addition to having a comfortable ride while learning, the boat has snacks and alcoholic drinks available. Sleep Historically No, you don’t have to sleep on a straw mattress, but in a historic building turned into a hotel. The Chicago Motor Club opened in 1929. It’s considered to be one of Chicago’s best Art Deco skyscrapers. In 2015, it was turned into a Hampton Inn with many of the original Art Deco touches put back in place. If you love architecture, this is a cool step back in time with modern amenities. You can often snag a really good rate and it’s one short block from the river.

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Military News Tina Patch addresses MOAA on CBD products

By B. Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.), Military Correspondent Tina Patch, creator of a company called MJ Natural Resources, was the featured speaker at the April 3 Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) luncheon held in the Florida Room at the North Side Atrium. During her time at her corporate job, it became clear that a beloved family member was abusing Opioid pills, which subsequently led to heroin use. Having struggled through the anger, disappointment and then fear, Tina went on a mission to find Tina Patch, founder of MJ Natural the help that this family member Resources; LTC Benny Blackshire, needed. After it became USA (Ret), President of SCC MOAA. apparent that there were few resources for optimal treatment, Tina wanted to tackle that issue head on! Then The CATE Foundation was created. MJ Natural Resources which educates and sells THC free medicinal hemp derived CBD products. “Our mission is to keep our price to consumers low but our quality high! We believe in EDUCATING our consumers NOT just selling a product. Her presentation was very educational regarding CBD products, their derivation and what to look for from the manufacturers when anticipating purchasing them. She stressed that their products are totally free of THC, the ingredient that provides the marijuana “high.” MOAA holds a meeting monthly (except July/August) in the Atrium building in the Florida room at 11 a.m. and includes lunch and a guest speaker. Additional information can be obtained by calling 813.642.0801 or emailing “dkepley@tampabay.rr.com”.

Memorial Day Ceremony

Kings Point Veterans Theater, 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, 2019 Sun City Center will again observe the traditional Memorial Day Ceremony starting at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27 in the Veterans Theater in the Kings Point Clubhouse, 1900 Club House Dr., Sun City Center. Doors will open at 9 a.m. for open general attendance seating. The public is invited. All guests with invitations for reserved seating are requested to be seated not later than 9:45 a.m. This ceremony is sponsored by the combined military veterans’ organizations of Sun City Center and is supported by the joint efforts of many participating community service organizations. The focus of this Memorial Day ceremony is to honor all former community military veterans who have died since May, 2018. The veterans will be recognized by a Military Roll Call of Departed Comrades held concurrently with Sun City Center’s traditional Living Flag Tribute. Our guest speaker will be DJ Reyes, a retired US Army Colonel with over 33 years of faithful service to our great Nation. DJ has commanded or served in primary staff positions in special operations, military intelligence, infantry, airborne, air assault, Joint/ Interagency, and Multinational organizations. His combat and contingency deployments included tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, North Africa, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Haiti. As a Community Advocate for Veterans issues at the local, state and national levels, DJ recently served as a DoD contractor in assisting Gulf Coast region veterans, Guard and Reserve with meaningful employment and useful Career Counselling. COL Reyes is currently the Senior Veteran Mentor/Coordinator for Florida 13th Judicial Circuit Veterans Treatment Court.” A musical interlude and tribute to the military services will be provided by the Trinity Baptist Church Choir directed by Rev. James Feist. Colors will be presented by the Hillsborough Co. Sheriff’s Office. The Grand Marshall will be Sergeant Jim Glass, USMC, who will be placing the wreath at the flagpole outside the auditorium assisted by members of the Ruskin Boy Scout Troop 661. Sergeant Glass was born on 21 November 1930 in Baltimore, MD. He received his draft notice during November 1950 and enlisted in the Marine Corps reporting to Paris Island in January 1951. After further training as a mortar man at Camp Pendleton, Jim shipped out of San Diego on a 16-day cruise to Kobe, Japan. Then to Pusan, Korea, where he was assigned as a clerk in a regimental intelligence section. After moving to SCC during December 1997, Jim organized and founded the SCC Leathernecks Club during 2002, and remained as its Commander until 2012. As part of our annual tribute to our deceased veterans and showing the great spirit of Sun City Center patriotism, the Sun City Center Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution arranges for and funds the display of U.S. flags on State Route 674.

Jim Haney, Maj. USMC (Ret), Cadet Dylan Hanscom.

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By B. Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.), Military Correspondent On Wednesday, 17 April, 2019, the Military Family Support Trust (MFST) recognized four Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadets from T.R. Robinson High School just outside of MacDill AFB. Retired Marine Major Jim Haney, an MFST Trustee, presented medals and certificates to Freshman and Sophomore Cadets for their outstanding performance during the school year, and to Junior and Senior Cadets, with a check award, for their exceptional leadership during the school year. SR Cadet Dylan Hanscom, shown in photo has joined the Marine Corps. Three other cadets awarded certificates, were JR Sarah Watson, SO Jade Davis and FR Elias Fermin. MFST is a 501(c)3 organization that supports through their grant programs, military families past and present. If you would like more information on making donation to MFST, contact Lori Germain at 813-634-4675.

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MOWW Receives Grant From SCC Interfaith Council

By Jay Sparkman The SCC Chapter, Military Order of the World Wars, recently received a grant for $4,000 from the SCC Interfaith Social Action Council to help with the funding of participation in a Youth Leadership Conference. Held in Tallahassee, the conference assists attendees to develop an appreciation for the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the rule of L to R: James Haney, Chapter law. Participants will be selected Commander, Nick Caleca, SCC from Lennard HS, East Bay HS, and Interfaith Council, Bob Russell, Riverview HS. The SCC Interfaith MOWW YLC Chair. Council uses monies from the sale of donated goods at the Nearly New Shop to fund college scholarships and organizational grants in the South Shore area. For more information go to www. InterfaithCouncilofSunCityCenter.com or call 813-642-9099.

Ann Garrison, CAHT-SS President Addresses MOWW

Ms. Ann Garrison, President, Campaign Against Human TraffickingSouthShore (CAHT-SS), was the featured speaker at the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) luncheon on Thursday, April 18. The luncheon/meeting took place at 11 a.m. at the Sun City Center Freedom Plaza Club. Ms. Garrison is a long-term advocate against family domestic violence and was L to R: Danielle Hanson; Ann involved in the United Nations Garrison; Jim Haney, Commander Women’s Rights Program. Besides SCC MOWW. presiding over CAHT-SS, she volunteers at one of the safe homes in the Tampa area, working with human trafficking survivors. MOWW is a patriotic Veterans Service Organization (VSO) whose motto is, “It is nobler to serve than to be served. Some of the programs the organization promotes concern good citizenship, patriotic education, and military and public service. MOWW chapters provide opportunities to support patriotic education, ROTC and JROTC, scouting, law and order, and national and homeland security programs. MOWW meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month at the Freedom Plaza Club. For information regarding membership contact Jim Haney at jhhaney1@gmail. com or call 813-220-8758

Silver Osprey Squadron #64, Closes Out its 2018-19 Program May 10

The Silver Osprey Squadron #64 will hold its last luncheon meeting of this season at the Plaza Club in Freedom Plaza on Friday, May 10. Our guest Speaker will be Commander Ryan Gormley USNR, is the Executive Officer of the Naval Operations Support Center, located at MacDill Air Base. Commander Gormley is returning by popular demand to make a second presentation, this one on “The State of Naval Aviation; Present and Future”. He will be discussing the integration of the F-18, F-35, MH-60 and Predator UAV into the Navy’s present and future arsenal of weapons, platforms. Silver Osprey Luncheons are held at the Plaza Club, located at Freedom Plaza. The address is 3932 Upper Creek Drive, SCC. The Silver Osprey Squadron has an open membership with the only requirement being a strong interest in military aviation. We will have seven luncheon meetings this year. Cost for our luncheon is $19 for non-members and $16 for members. For reservations to the May luncheon mail check to Mr. Tom Harding, 309 Noble Faire Drive, Sun City Center, FL or call 813-634-1236. Reservation deadline is Tuesday May 7. Lunch at 12 noon with meeting and greet at 11.

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MFST Presents Newsome H.S. Cadet of the Year Award to Katherine Metheny

By B. Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.), Military Correspondent Cadet Major Katherine Metheny, from Newsome HS, was named Cadet of the Year, on Thursday, 28, March at Freedom H.S. Hillsborough County takes recommendations from all 27 high schools who have JROTC programs and conducts interviews two weeks ahead of the Cadet of the Year ceremony to select the top 10. All were present at the presentation and each of the top 10 received a L to R: Cadet Katherine Metheny, Colin Howgill, MFST Chairman striking Eagle trophy. Cadet Metheny maintained Board of Trustees. a 10.0 grade average (100%) and her achievements were very impressive. She is being presented the award in the above photo by Colin Howgill, Chairman of the MFST Board of Trustees. MFST is a 501(c)3 organization that supports through their grant programs, military families past and present. If you would like more information on making donation to MFST, contact Lori Germain at 813-634-4675.

Buses: Trips, Tours, Entertainment, and Shopping

By Diane M. Loeffler We are very fortunate in SCC and KP. With our clubs, pools, and on-campus entertainment, there is always something to do. However, now and then it is nice to venture out to do or see something different. If you want to explore, but would prefer not to drive, take a bus! You usually get dropped off right next to the venue, and you don’t have to worry about traffic or parking. We have some local bus options. One is Sun City Travel Club (813-634-2685). As of April 2015, memberships are $15 per member per year. Their office is in Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Boulevard. Office hours are 10 a.m. until noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Their website is sccminibus.org. Their summer through fall offerings include theater trips, dinner theater, a Starlite dinner cruise, trips to a tea rooms, restaurant outings, a zoo trip, a nature park, festivals and musical performances including orchestras. Another option is Glory Tours (813-850-5444). Their offices are open from 8:30 until 4 Monday through Friday in

Kings Point’s North Clubhouse. Bus trip schedule books are usually available on a stand near the office. There are no membership fees. You sign up for a trip. If enough people register for the same trip, you will receive a phone call telling you that the trip is “a go” and asking you to pay then. Their summer and fall trips include symphonies, craft fairs, plays, museums, concerts, restaurants, shopping areas, craft fairs, festivals, museums and baseball games. Glory Tours also offers several overnight trips including Nashville, Biloxi, New Orleans, Sanibel Island and Helen, Georgia where there is a huge Octoberfest. Community Church College will have a new location and a new name. They are moving to The United Methodist Church at 1201 Del Webb Boulevard West. Their bus trips will resume in the fall. At that time, you will be able to pick up their catalogs of classes and trips. Just want to head to Westfield Brandon Mall or St. Joseph Hospital South? Stop by the Kings Point North Club House or the Community Association offices for bus schedules and other information.

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NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks.

Kings Point Quilters Donate to Veterans Memorial

The Kings Point Quilters donated $400 to the Sun City Center Veterans Memorials representative Lt. Col Walt Cawein, USAF Retired. Cawein thanked the club for the donation, noting that there is always an ongoing need for donations and that any donations are greatly appreciated. Donations can always be sent to the Sun City Center Charitable Foundation, marked for the Veteran’s Memorial fund or at their website, Deb Burgeson (left), Walt Cawein “charitablefoundationscc.org”. (right).

New York Club Night to Remember

On May 7, 2019, the New York Club will be having A Night to Remember with the fabulous Sounds of Soul. Food catered by Banuet Masters. This all takes place on Tuesday, May 7, in the Kings Point Veterans Theatre at 5 p.m., $25 for members, $28.50 for guests. For further information please contact Frank Gatto at 633-8942.

Cloggers Entertain at Cypress Creek

The Kings Point Cloggers recently joined with the Sun City Center Cloggers to perform for the residents of Cypress Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care. Each group individually danced several routines from their personal repertoire, and combined to perform two crowd-pleasing dance numbers. The Cypress Creek residents were a very enthusiastic and appreciative audience. If you are interested in joining either clogging group, or want the cloggers to perform at your next function, please contact Sandy Kelly (Kings Point) at 941-3570664, or Barbara Longo (SCC) at 813-634-0794.

Standing: Shonnee Conery, Sandy Bright, Sandy Kelly, and Joanne Kerr. Seated: Janet Hough, Barbara Longo, Barbara Di Salvo, and Shirley Shaunessy.

Kline Locher’s 100th “Non-Cruise Party” L to R: Gary Hart, Natalie Pellerin, Dave White, and Don Bowers.

KPWLBC Doubles Tournament

Kings Point West Lawn Bowling Club doubles tournament playoff match was between Gary Hart, Natalie Pellerin, and Dave White, Don Bowers. In a back and forth game, the score was tied in the last end. Gary and Natalie won the tournament in the extra end. KPWLBC is accepting new members. If you are a lawn bowler interested in joining, would like information on lawn bowling or to inquire about lessons, please call Don at 612-220-2369.

Big Change for Kings Point Mixed Chorus

The Kings Point Mixed Chorus proudly presented their spring 2019 concert, “Rodgers & Hammerstein Remembered” under the Direction of Jeff Jordan, with Keith Rasmussen accompanying. Cabaret seating in the Kings Point Theater was sold out, with overflow audience in the bleachers. The one “sour note” in this concert was that it was the last for these two talented gentlemen. Due to the increasing demands of their “day jobs,” they reluctantly have been forced to give up their commitment to the Kings Point Mixed Chorus. This “dynamic duo” has been the inspiration of this group for the past couple of years and we cannot thank them enough for their efforts on our behalf. As disappointed as the Chorus is to see them leave, we are excited to announce that we have chosen their replacements. Sharon Henry is our new Director and Valerie Southwell will accompany. We welcome them into our ranks and look forward to continued success in the future. Our new season will begin on September 9 at 12:15 p.m. in the Kings Point North Clubhouse, when we will begin rehearsal for our annual Holiday Concert. If you would like more information, you may contact Mary Anne at 813-634-8747 or email “triplelady@aol.com”. You can also visit the Chorus website at kpchorus.org.

On April 7, one-hundred relatives and friends were to leave Kings Point clubhouse by bus and set sail on the Oasis of the Seas out of Port Canaveral to celebrate Kline Locher’s 100th birthday. Since the Oasis was damaged in dry dock, a non-cruise BYOB and potluck party was quickly organized by Don Wright in the Waterside party room at Kings Point Clubhouse. Music and dancing followed. Another cruise to celebrate Kline’s 100th birthday is planned for December 8 on the Allure of the Seas.

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The Comics Club Celebrates 30 Years Plans Special Events, Giveaways, Monthly Sales

Eagle Audubon Society Offers Grant to Coastal Islands Sanctuaries

L to R: Dave DeVries, Army; John Thompson, Marines; and Neil Ebner, USAF.

Kings Point Quilters Present Veteran Quilts to Local Vietnam Veterans

Kings Point Quilters presented patriotic quilts to three local Vietnam Veterans. Quilts were provided to these veterans in honor of their service on April 1, 2019.

By Dana Ellerbrock Don Grozis, board member of Eagle Audubon Society, surprises Ann Paul, coordinator for Audubon’s Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries Program, with a $1,000 grant during a recent EAS field trip to bird rookeries. The Sanctuaries Program manages water birds and nesting habitat islands along Tampa Bay’s shoreline. Eagle Audubon’s mission is to increase interest and involvement in our local and state environment, it’s history, wildlife, preservation and restoration. Visit eagleaudubonflorida.org.

KP Pottery Club Dance was Great Success

The Kings Point Pottery Club dance and silent auction, held March 27, proved to be a highlight of the year. Advance tickets sold quickly and the full house was treated to a night of great entertainment by Eric Lee. In addition, a silent auction for over 30 gift baskets was held. The winners went home with wonderful prizes and got significant bargains. On top of everything else, one lucky winner at each table won a beautiful centerpiece made by a member of the Pottery Club. The event was so well received that the Pottery Club is planning on making this an annual event. To all those who attended we are glad you had a great time. For those who didn’t, you can look forward to next year. Again, thanks to all who participated and made this a great success.

When it comes to fun businesses, selling comic books, games and toys ranks up there with the best of them. That’s exactly what The Comics Club in Brandon, Fla., has been doing for since 1989. For D.J. Stamper, owner of The Comics Club, it just gets better and better with each passing year. “It’s a golden age for comic books, comic book-related movies and television shows, and for entertainment retailers like me who get to be at the center of it all at our comic shops,” said Stamper. According to Stamper, it was in early 1989 that he made the decision to start a mail-order business selling comic books to fans and collectors. Starting with 3,000 comic books from his own collection, Stamper grew the business year-by-year, accumulating an ever-growing inventory of comic books and other collectibles. When his inventory reached 20,000 comics, in 1994, he launched The Comics Club into the retail world with a brick and mortar store. Today, his inventory has expanded to more than 120,000 comic books, plus thousands of graphic novels, as well as hundreds of games and toys. “My love of comic books, especially the amazing artwork that the medium is known for, has been part of my life since I was a child growing up in Michigan. I have spent my adult life as a selfprofessed comic book pusher, trying to get as many people as possible involved in this great fun hobby,” says Stamper. In celebration of its 30 years in

The Comics Club’s Super Prize, which will be given away to one lucky customer during The Comics Club’s Free Comic Book Day Celebration on Saturday, May 4.

business, The Comics Club has been offering monthly discounts on selected merchandise at 30 percent off, the sale changing to offer different items from different categories of merchandise (comics, games and toys) each month. But the first big event of the year, Free Comic Book Day on May 4, will be extra special this year. “We’ve been helping fans enjoy their hobby for three decades now. It’s always brought me great joy to see a fan get that hard-to-find comic that fills out a collection, or to listen to them talk about their favorite games. It’s just that kind of business – much more fun than it is work.” The Comics Club is located at 714 W. Lumsden Rd, Brandon, FL. 33511, For hours and other information, call 813-653-4111.


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Veterans Fair Draws Tremendous Response

In a set up very similar to Hi Neighbor, veterans could walk through the hall to learn about veterans organizations and what they offered

Bud Brubaker and Bill McKiernan volunteered to let Marine veterans know about the Leathernecks club.

By Kai Rambow “I went all the way around, and I probably stopped at ninety percent of the tables,” commented wheelchair-bound veteran, Patrick Clarahan. “Just about every table, people were very easy to talk to. There were a few tables at which I had to wait, but it wasn’t that bad.” The wait was due to the tremendous response from community veterans. Hundreds showed up to learn about services available to them. Pam Smith-Beatty, a 21-year veteran herself, is the Women Veterans

Guevara with The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay shared how very few veterans knew about their center. “It is the epicenter for crises or referral. We answer the 211 calls, the substance abuse hotline, and the suicide prevention line.” Just about any question related to mental health and well-being can probably be answered by this center. More importantly, they can let veterans know where to find help. Clarahan was enthused to learn about some extracurricular activities that should help him get out of the house more.

Program Manager with the VA. When asked about the focus on women, Smith-Beatty illuminated: “A lot of times they don’t think of themselves as veterans. Women do so many things, they often push their service to the side and we don’t think about it. In reality, that service means that you’re eligible for health benefits, care, loans and the GI bill. If you’ve ever served in any service, you should look and see what you’re benefits might be.” Not knowing what is available was a common theme. Manuel

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SCC Interfaith Council Supports Reddick Elementary

By Jay Sparkman Reddick Elementary School in Wimauma was the recent recipient of a $2,500 grant from the SCC Interfaith Social Action Council. The grant will be used to enhance reading and library skills under the guidance of the school media specialist. Diagnostic tests will be used to measure the achievements of the students. L to R: Nick Caleca, Interfaith The Interfaith Council uses funds Council, and Joan Storey, media from the sale of donated goods specialist, Reddick Elementary. at the Nearly New Shop to fund grants and college scholarships in the South Shore area. For more information go to “www. InterfaithCouncilofSunCityCenter.com” or call 813.942.9099.

Temple Beth Israel Celebrates End of Season

On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 11 a.m. members of the Sisterhood of Beth Israel, the Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center will finish the 2018-2019 season with a closing brunch. The morning will begin with the installation of officers for the 2019-2020 program year followed by a wonderful dairy brunch. There is no cost for Sisterhood members to attend this event, however a reservation is required by May 2 at sisterhood@jcscc.org or call 938-3824. The Sisterhood of Beth Israel is open to all Jewish women in the community. If you would like more information about joining this terrific group of women please contact Rochelle Lafer at sisterhood@jcscc.org or call 938-3824.

Interfaith Council Supports “Andy’s Kitchen”

By Jay Sparkman The SCC Interfaith Social Action Council recently presented a grant to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church of SCC with a $5,432 grant for the purpose of helping to continue the “Andy’s Kitchen” project in the coming months. The program provides a hot meal to those who most need it in the Greater Sun City Center area. L to R: James (Bud) Anderson, The program has more than “Andy’s Kitchen of St. Andrew 45 volunteers and St Andrew Presbyterian Church, Nick Caleca, provides space for the occasion. SCC Interfaith Council Grants For more information go to www. Committee. InterfaithCouncilofSunCityCenter.com or call 813-642-9099.

More Food for Anyone in Need!

“Thanks to The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Our Lady’s Pantry is receiving more than 8,000 additional pounds of food to share with folks every month,” says Tom Bullaro. Bullaro, who is co-director of Our Lady’s Pantry, explains that TEFAP, which falls under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is part of a long-term disaster recovery plan from Hurricane Irma. “We will receive another 8,000 pounds of non-perishable foods every month until July,” he says. “These deliveries ensure that the boxes we distribute each Saturday morning will be full and our clients in need of food will not go hungry.” If you need extra groceries and live in Balm, Wimauma, or Sun City Center, please be sure to stop in some Saturday morning for a big box of food. Kindly bring along some proof of your address, such as an electric bill, the first time you come. You will be given a Pantry Identification (ID) Card to bring with you on future Saturday mornings. You will be assigned to one of two groups, who come for food on alternate Saturdays between 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. When you arrive, you simply show your ID card, sign in, and you will be given a ticket for food. You get your car and drive up to our porch and hand our volunteer your ticket. He will then load a big box of food into your car.

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From Left: Janet Smith, President of Board of Directors of Haven of Hope, receiving the check from Ann Miller, member of the Interfaith Council Grant Committee.

Social Action Council Offers Grant to Haven of Hope

The Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council recently presented Haven of Hope a $5,000 grant to be used to help women who have been released from prison. When a woman arrives at Haven of Hope, she receives a gift basket of personal hygiene items along with food and clothing. Haven of Hope also provides emotional and spiritual support with classes and personal mentors who meet with the ladies each week to provide guidance and encouragement. Haven of Hope is located in Ruskin and opened in December 2015. For more information about volunteer opportunities, call Janet Smith at 317.441.7022.

Trinity Women Enjoy a Tea Party

Trinity Women’s Fellowship (TWF) had their annual Tea Party recently. Over 80 ladies in fancy hats and outfits enjoyed high tea food and fun. Each of the 16 tables were decorated by a hostess with her creative touch. Susan Porter shared a story followed by guest speaker Carla Miles who showed a video presentation about The Hope Fund for the children of Wimauma. This all volunteer program utilizes volunteers to tutor, mentor or read to the children one on one after school & during summer programs. For further information, make a donation or volunteer to work with the children one hour per week, call Carla Miles at 813634-4268 or visit www.the-hopeL to R: Nancy Williams TWF Program fund.org. Chairman Carla Miles, and TWF For more information about TWF, Team Leader Laura Robertson visitwww.trinitybaptistscc.com or presenting a donation check to call the church office at 813-634- The Hope Fund (Photo by Ellen Thomas). 4228.

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Freedom Plaza residents Dot Cadmus (seated) with Alice Burgess (standing) are subjects of Chapter One, “Sister Act Times Two.” Photo by Tomi Reneau.

By Peggy Burgess “Sister Act” and “Sister Act II” were movies we all enjoyed, and “Sisters”, the song from Irving Berlin’s classic “Holiday Inn,” is one we all remember. Who could forget the Bing Crosby/ Danny Kaye rendition? A new musical show in town called “Sister Act” recently graced the Freedom Plaza stage to the delight of our residents. So, it seems fitting to mention Freedom Plaza’s own female siblings. We could label this saga “Sister Act Times Two” for it features two sets of sisters who currently reside at Freedom Plaza: Alice Burgess ( no relation to the writer) and Dorothy Cadmus; Charlotte Fernandes and Dorothy Nobels. Chapter One: The sisters, Burgess and Cadmus, were born Alice and “Dot” Redsecker in Baltimore, Maryland. When their

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father’s company transferred him to its New York City office the family moved to New Jersey, where the girls graduated high school. Alice, older of the two, continued her education at Scudder College of New Jersey and attained a position in the N.Y.C. financial district. Dot attended Westminster College in Maryland, majoring in home economics (now called “domestic engineering”), but left after her sophomore year. Her mother was ill with cancer and her grandmother, who lived with the family, had suffered a stroke: Dot was needed at home to help Alice, who was working, manage the household and care for its members. (Dot did, however, go back to college in later years and earn that domestic engineering degree– after keeping house for 20 years, having five children and teaching three daughters to cook and sew! Fast-forward 10 years to find Alice now married and living in Falls Church, Virginia. Her husband, John L. “Jack” Burgess, is an electrical engineer with I.T.&T. (International Telephone and Telegraph Company) but will ultimately be employed designing satellite computer systems. As they have no children, Alice has time to do volunteer work for her church and for the League of Women Voters. Dot has married Ray Cadmus,

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a mechanical engineer with I.B.M. (International Business Machines) and they live near Kingston, N.Y. They “share” their five children with Alice and Jack through frequent visits. Ray and Jack, speaking the same tech lingo and even working briefly for the same company, have become true brothers. (Alice says that in any controversy it was always “the guys vs. the gals”). In 2012, Ray Cadmus developed health problems and it was time to seek a lifestyle where

appropriate help was at hand when needed: Freedom Plaza filled the bill, and they moved in. Alice, by now widowed, was not far behind them, acquiring an apartment on the same floor. Ray Cadmus died in March of this year, but Dot still has family just steps from door: her sister. They engage separately in their activities of interest, but usually meet for dinner and never fail to call and say “goodnight.” Next month: Part II of Freedom Plaza’s “Sister Act.” Don’t miss it!

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Multi-Cultural Heritage Club

By Paula Lickfeldt The Multi-Cultural Heritage Club was formed in May of 2017. The founders wanted to have a club whose purpose was to know about, embrace, and celebrate other cultures from their own. They understood that “all are one,” and it was time to come together to celebrate diversity. They applied to the CA to be a sanctioned club and the CA granted their request. The Club meets on the second Friday of the month from 12 noon until 2 in the Atrium Caper Room. Usually a guest speaker is present to speak to the group. One of the meetings was an informational talk about Human Trafficking. The purposes of the meetings are education and friendship. At the present time, the club has 98 members. Anyone living in Sun City Center, Kings Point, Sun Towers, Freedom Plaza, or Aston Gardens is eligible for membership. Yearly dues are $15 for a single and $20 for a couple. The club will host its first international trip in November of this year. A Carnival ship will set sail from Tampa, Florida to Havana Cuba and Cozumel, Mexico. Contact Michele Norris 813-352-8765 for more information. One berth will be raffled off. The $25 tickets will be sold at the Atrium Kiosk on Monday and Wednesday from 10 until 2. Proceeds will go to

their outreach programs. The semi-formal gala held in December is one of the yearly fund raisers of the club. They also have a Gumbo Day, which is a meet and greet in October. Organizations that they support include The Boys and Girls Club, Brookwood which is a stateowned facility for girls age 8-16 who have been taken from their parents, Bridges for Africa which is a group that sews T-shirts for the youth and Guadalupe Wimauma Initiative Project. The club is looking ahead to 2020. They are planning a trip to Alaska and they are going to host an empowerment symposium. “Let My Voice Be Heard” is the title of the symposium. Watch for more details and information. For more information, email multiculturalheritageclub@ gmail.com or find them online at www.sccmchclub.blogspot. com.

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Creative Person: Renee Vickery Chinese Brush Painter

By Paula Lickfeldt Renee Vickery was a qualified, registered nurse in the UK working for ten years after which she taught art and design at Lancaster University and eventually became a health educator in several colleges teaching pre-nurses and childcare students also in the United Kingdom. She met and married Ellis Finkelstein, an American, who was a probation officer in Plymouth. Ellis had been in the Peace Corps in Sarawak Borneo. The two of them sailed off to Southeast Asia where they lived for the next fifteen years. While living in Asia, Ellis taught classes offered through the University of London and they both taught at the

English Language Center in Kuching, Sarawak Malaysia. Renee was educated in the art of Hard Edge as per Roy Litsztentein and Andy Warhol in 1969 in Britain. While in Southeast Asia, Renee studied Chinese Brush painting at Nanyang Academy of Fine Art, Singapore and learned Chinese Calligraphy at the University in Taiwan. Renee infuses her contemporary brush stroke painting with a water color technique which brings an energy and flow to her modern impressionist paintings. Renee has exhibited in Singapore, Taiwan and Sarasota, Florida. Her work hangs in Europe also. While in Singapore, learning Chinese Brush Painting, her

teacher spoke no English and she spoke no Mandarin. She said she knew when she had done something that he did not like. The teacher would look at the work, shake his head and say “dirty” one of the few English words that he knew. Several years ago, Renee and Ellis moved to the United States. They first lived in Sarasota. While in Sarasota, Renee taught adult enrichment classes and did workshops at Keeton’s office and art supply in Bradenton. About a year ago, the couple moved to Sun City Center, and the SCC Art Club invited Renee to demonstrate her fantastic art at the Rollins Theatre. Renee has been a member of the American Sumi-e Society for ten years. She teaches classes at the Kings Point art room

every Monday afternoon. The classes use the Chinese brush stroke technique. Initially the supplies needed for the class are provided by Renee but she tells the students to wear clothes that they don’t mind getting paint or stain on. Enthusiasm is required as students get a “taster”/ “starter” class which is a “how to do” class. Next comes the intermediate class where the students paint traditional Chinese motifs, and then it is on to advanced classes where they work on landscapes. If you have an interest in learning Chinese Brush Painting, which is open to both Sun City Center and Kings Point residents, you can be in contact with Renee Vickery, 941-554-6952 or reneevickery@ hotmail.com to get more information.

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Introduces PA Victoria Capezza

Victoria joined Southwest Florida Rheumatology in November 2017. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and later graduated with Honors from Nova Southeastern University’s Physician Assistant program with a Master’s degree in Medical Sciences. She is licensed as a Certified Physician Assistant by the state of Florida. She is an active member of Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Physician Assistants, and PA Victoria Capezza Florida Society of Rheumatology. Victoria worked for 1 year in the field of Neurology in Tallahassee, FL and then moved back to central Florida. Victoria grew up in Plant City, Florida, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the world, and she likes to spend time with her parents whenever she gets the chance. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, reading, writing, and exercising. Victoria has quickly fallen in love with rheumatology and is excited to be practicing medicine here and giving back to the community.

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Garage Sale? Why Are You Selling Your Garage?

By Bailey and Paula Lickfeldt Hi, my name is Bailey. No, we are not selling our garage. We are bringing things that we want to sell out of the house and putting them into the garage so we can sell them. These events can occur in garages, on porches or in the yard. They are called “Garage Sales,” and they have become a cottage industry in Sun City Center. Friday, Saturday, and even sometimes on Thursday, we ride around SCC in our golf cart, to look for sales. We see the same people and dogs every week. It does not matter if it cold, hot, raining or even a hurricane warning, the garage sale fans are out and looking of unique, one of a kind treasures. When I get up in the morning, the first thing I do is go outside, then I come in to eat my breakfast, and then I usually want to go back outside for more sniffing around the yard. But not on Friday! On Friday, we go to the garage sales and I have to navigate the way. I love to go to the garage sales. I love seeing all of my garage sale dog friends. We have such a good time watching our people sift through all of the things that are for sale. Our people even talk about the treasures they found at other sales. My person gets so excited when she finds something that she has been looking for. She always has her list with her. Her friends know

that she goes out every week, so they let her know if they are looking for something and she usually finds it for them. She just loves the game! I remember one time that one of her friends called and asked her to look for a wine rack that would hold more than 50 bottles of wine. Wow, the very week that they asked her to find the wine rack, she found one and it cost a lot less then it would have cost online. Her friends were so happy! I have even heard that people come from far, far away to our SCC garage sales. They come from as far away as Apollo Beach, Riverview or Ruskin. Sometimes, someone will say something about Michigan, and half of the people in the driveway say they are from Michigan. Wow that really is a long way to go for a garage sale! Life is good here in SCC. Going to garage sales on Friday is something that my person and I love to do together.

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